Cardiovascular Training – Using Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
RPE is a simple and effective method of monitoring your heart rate. It is a useful tool for monitoring the perceived level of muscular, cardiovascular and psychological fatigue. Whether used with or without a heart rate monitor, the RPE offers a correlation between your perception or “intuition” of your physical and mental output, and your actual heart rate.
Setting up an RPE during a workout
This simple RPE scale goes from 1 to 10—1 being a very weak (easy) effort, and 10 being maximum effort. The RPE scale can easily be used in correlation with the Heart Rate Training Zones.
Level of Exertion on a Scale from 1-10
1 Very light
4 Somewhat strong
7 Very strong Aerobic Zone
9 Very, Very strong Anaerobic Zone
10 Maximum exertion